About Fraunhofer IEM

Fraunhofer IEM – Expertise in intelligent mechatronics

Situated in Paderborn, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM delivers expertise in intelligent mechatronics in the context of industry 4.0. Scientists from the fields of mechanical engineering, software engineering and electrical engineering engage in interdisciplinary collaboration to research innovative methods and tools for the development of intelligent products, production systems and services. Its core competencies are intelligent mechatronic systems, systems engineering and virtual prototyping.

With over 100 permanent staff members, Fraunhofer IEM is led by a three-member steering committee: Prof. Ansgar Trächtler (Executive Director), Prof. Roman Dumitrescu and Prof. Eric Bodden. The research budget in 2018 is approximately 11 million euros.


Here you will find information about how Fraunhofer IEM is organized.

Our Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles convey the institute’s general orientation and self-image.

Steering committee

Fraunhofer IEM is led by Prof. Trächtler (Executive Director), Prof. Bodden and Prof. Dumitrescu. They appoint the advisory board of Fraunhofer IEM.

Advisory board

Fraunhofer IEM is advised by an advisory board comprising prestigious figures from the worlds of science, business, politics, and administration.

Our network

Strength through cohesion! Read here about the regional, national and international networks in which Fraunhofer IEM is involved.

Scientific integrity

Learn which principles Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft upholds in regard to good scientific practice.